“Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.” ~ Buddha
‘Early to bed, early to rise’ was something we were all taught when we were in school. In all cultures and civilizations, the habit of getting early in the morning to start our day has been the standard practice. Fact is our brain and our body are at their bests in the morning and with the help of yoga a person can make his or her mind and body strong. Now it is not very easy to get up early in the morning and that is why it is important to cultivate this as a habit and if you are able to do that, it will go a long way to serve you.
It is ironic how easy it is to develop bad habits and how hard to just to give up.
“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” ~ B.K. S Iyengar
It has been scientifically proven that the morning rays of the sun are very good for our body and if you have decided to take yoga classes, it is important to set an intention for the practice. This intention or Sankalpa will actually give your mind stillness and develop self-trust and confidence. But the intention has to be there first because that will shape the rest of your day, and will give you a focus throughout the hours that follow.
Here are few benefits of practicing yoga in the morning.
Salutation to our sun, Surya Namaskar
The practice of Surya Namaskar is performed at sunrise and the idea behind this practice is a way to greet the sun and prepare for the arrival of a new day. This is an exercise which is synchronized to the rhythms of the natural world and that allows us to tap into our own natural rhythms. The practice of sun salutation leads to better blood circulation and stretching of our muscles. Also more oxygen is supplied to all parts of our body and especially to our brain which is then allowed function at higher level and you will carry forward this energy all through the day.
Pranayama is nothing but advanced breathing technique
We all breathe without thinking but the fact is we do not know the first thing about it. Pranayama is the amalgamation of two words from Sanskrit the ancient language of India. Prāṇa means breath or “life force” and Yama is to restrain or “control the prana”. When this breathing technique is done in the crisp morning air our body is supplied with high level of oxygen and when that happens we feel rejuvenated and reinvigorated. All the stress in the body just melts away like the snow in summer. This allows our mind to become still and the body relaxed.
“True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is–including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life.” ~ Craig Hamilton
Endorphins are a naturally occurring chemical in our body and is realized when we are happy. It has been agreed by doctors when we exercise our body releases endorphins and practicing yoga in the morning does exactly that. Most people are moody in the morning and are not particularly happy with their day. Also they are filled with lethargy but yoga helps us overcome bad moods and lethargy because our body is full of oxygen coursing through our veins. This way you start your day in a positive note full of energy and positivity that will allow you face any challenge. Also when you return home from work you will still feel energetic and will be more amiable towards your family and if you decide to out or play sports it will only add to your physical and mental well being.
Yoga in the morning will clear your head fill your body with positive energy
Morning yoga practice doesn’t necessarily have to be all about the postures because through meditation one can derive unlimited benefits. Yoga in the morning will help you clear your head and after that you will be more aware of your thoughts and will get caught at the beginning of the day. When you are more focused and happy it becomes easy to prioritize work and you are able to tap into this throughout the day without feeling any stress. Also when you are confident of what you are doing it has a direct reflection on your co-workers because you are emanating positive energy and also that will make them feel less stressful and more confident. Yoga in the morning will keep you calm and grounded and when that happens your decision making ability gets better because you are not a stressed and anxious person.